The team announced on Tuesday that forward Max Domi would be out indefinitely following hand surgery. He suffered the injury after a fight with Garnet Hathaway on December 8 and made his way to the injured reserve list.
General manager John Chayka says he expects Domi to make a full recover and to return to the lineup “later this season,” while some analysts have him back in the fold in about six weeks or so.
“He’s a good, young player for us and a dynamic player,” head coach Dave Tippett said. “Max is a key guy for us and it’s unfortunate to lose a key guy, but it’s going to be opportunity for other people, and we just have to make the best of it.”
Arizona will have to find a way to remain optimistic, with their season in the tank already. They’re tied with the Colorado Avalanche for last place, with 23 points. They’ve scored just 62 goals and allowed 90 goals against as of press time, slipping to a differential of minus-28. That’s the biggest gulf in the National Hockey League, which is all the more remarkable when you consider that the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars have allowed more goals against.
Even the Philadelphia Flyers have allowed 94 goals against, but they’ve scored 101 goals.
At this point, it’s hard to imagine the Coyotes turning this season around. And the Domi injury doesn’t help their chances.
The 21-year-old has 16 points in 26 games, including five goals. He’s second on the team in scoring, right behind Radim Vrbata’s 18 points and three ahead of Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s 13 points.
The Coyotes are facing off against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night and will try to overcome a brutal showing against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, when they were blown out by a final score of 7-0.